Tallahassee, Florida- July 13, 2012
Britt Wynn can still recount his Dizzy Dean days. Eight years ago, the team he played on fell short of making the World Series. But, now, as the Messer Park 14U Head Coach, he's fulfilled his childhood dream.
"It's not about me," Wynn said. "I'm just happy for them to get there and get the experience. It's an awesome feeling."
Messer Park will be joined by Meridian Park in Mississippi this weekend. Messer lost to Meridian in the district tournament.
At the state tournament, Messer made it to the championship game and Meridian made it to the losers bracket. But, due to Tropical Storm Debby, the losers bracket was automatically eliminated. So Meridian was granted a hardship waiver.
"We were a little bit disappointed that we didn't get to play out the rest of the state tournament," Wynn said. "There was them eliminating the losers bracket. You don't want to back into the tournament, so to speak."
"We were a very good team from the start and I knew we would go far," said Hunter Truman, a Messer Park second baseman.
They've gone as far as only one other team in Messer Park's history.
"Ready to have my name up on that wall," Truman responded when ask about the one World Series sign at the park.
"We have everything. We have a little of everything," said Cole Newcomb, a Messer Park third baseman. "We have pitching, we've got hitting, we've got defense. Just gotta put it all together."
But this team just wants to play ball with high expectations.
"Hopefully it's winning the whole thing," said Wynn on what he expects this weekend.
It would be a first for Wynn and a first for that Messer Park wall.